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7.0 - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

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Reviewed By: thedylanadventureReview Date: 3/4/19 12:01 pm
1 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Honestly, why would they make this episode, there is nothing i can think that can save this story, the story it self is so stupid and ridiculous especially for a doctor who story, the acting isn't good at all and those kids are incredibly annoying.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/5/19 2:19 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a pleasant, feel-good Christmas story based around the C.S. Lewis classic story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moffatt tried to repeat his gimmick of using Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol as the basis for the previous Christmas episode but it does not work as well this time (as well as seeming a lazy way to write Christmas episodes). Despite being very nice and warm-hearted this story feels a bit contrived and lacks anything especially good in the plot or script.

The acting is great with Claire Skinner strong in the role of the 'widow' and the children performing well. Matt Smith is zany and enjoyable and brilliant comedic performer Bill Bailey is perfect in a cameo which is far too small. Bailey deserves a bigger part in Doctor Who.

The production values are high with a Star Wars style opening and a beautiful forest world accessed through a portal. The story has fun and a magical fairy tale feel that Moffatt enjoys bringing to the series. Unfortunately this unreal fantasy aspect goes a bit too far for my liking and it just feels a bit lacking in believable science fiction.

I cannot say there are plot holes as such it is just rather overly synthetic with yet another Moffatt convenient re-writing of a character death.

Overall 6/10.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/23/16 7:05 am
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This isn’t horrible but it feels like it should be better. It’s Doctor Who meets the Chronicle of Narnia at Christmastime. Yet, we’re treated to a forest with some very curious trees and an ecological subtext. Still, the story is a disappointment not a disaster. Claire Skinner is lovable as Madge. While some of the comedy is hit and miss, some of it does work. The final scene is very sweet and pleasing, and the ending for Madge is very happy (even if it feels like a bit of a cheat.) Yet, the overall quality of the story is more like “Direct to Video” movie rather than Doctor Who Christmas special.